Arup seeks to be first airport to obtain LEED Platinum certification

Arup, the global design and consulting firm in the built environment, has been appointed by Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico´s (GACM) to develop the sustainability plan for the Mexico City New International Airport (NAICM), the company said.

NAICM aims to triple Mexico City´s existing airport capacity (passengers and cargo) in its final phase of operation and to promote economic development in the Mexico City metropolitan area. It is expected to start operations by late 2020, with a capacity of receiving around 68 million passengers.

GACM´s goal is for the NAICM to be environmentally sustainable and to be the first airport in the world to obtain LEED Platinum certification v4 at its main terminal. GACM seeks to adopt international best practices related to green airport operations by using renewable energy resources, promoting the use of public transport, and developing programs that would protect the environment, including water resources, energy efficiency, waste management, existing wildlife, and vegetation.

Arup has been involved in aviation development for more than 50 years, with experience gained through a wide range of assignments at more than 100 airports worldwide.

Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,300 people in the Americas. The firm´s employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners.